The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

The Weisman Art Museum presents works by Spanish neuroscientist and artist Santiago Ramón y Cajal.Event Website

Preview Party
Fri Jan 27th, 2017 7PM - 10PM CST
Jan 28th - May 21st, 2017
Weisman Art Museum, U of M
333 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis ( map )

Santiago Ramón y Cajal, considered the father of modern neuroscience, was also an exceptional artist. He drew the brain in a way that provided a clarity exceeding that achieved by photographs. Combining scientific and artistic skills to produce drawings with extraordinary scientific and aesthetic qualities, his theory that the brain is composed of individual cells rather than a tangled single web is the basis of neuroscience today. This traveling exhibition of Cajal’s original drawings was organized by the Weisman Art Museum in collaboration with Drs. Eric NewmanAlfonso Araque, and Janet Dubinsky, neuroscientists at the University of Minnesota and leaders in the field of neuroscience. Dr. Araque was formerly at the Instituto Cajal in Madrid, where Cajal worked and where his drawings are housed.

The exhibit is organized in collaboration with Ricardo Martinez Murillo, neuroscientist and curator of the Cajal Legacy at the Cajal Institute (CSIC) in Spain. Eighty of Cajal’s drawings, many appearing for the first time in the United States, will be accompanied by a selection of contemporary visualizations of the brain, photographs, historic books, and scientific tools. After the debut at WAM, the exhibition will travel to university galleries and museums throughout the United States and Canada.

Preview Party - Friday, January 27, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
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